Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Section 94 2008
Berry Bros & Rudd review: <br/> This classy wine has the elegance of a top class Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at a very attractive price. Aromas of citrus and tropical fruits with a hint of refined minerality carry over into crisp grapefruit on the palate, with well-balanced acidity and very good length. <br/><br/>
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To me this is near the epitome of wrongheaded winemaking. A sauvignon blanc that wants to be a chardonnay, and a dodgily balanced New World chardonnay at that. It takes the Cloudy Bay trend and extends it even further, though as a wine it is comparatively less bad than its role model (perhaps in a perverse way because of the chard-style amelioration). I'm curious how many cups a winemaker from the Loire or the Graves would give it (in private, of course). Very light color, clear with a golden tinge. So far, no problem. Attack like a chardonnay blunderbuss. An increasing crescendo of green apples until that's almost all there was after 30 minutes. All I could think was 'malolactic' (whether or not they did a second fermentation). Not enough depth, too much residual sweetness. Too angular and broad, not enough refinement and no rapier-like penetration. Too granular across the tongue. Too much grass and even green pepper, in amongst the green apples. Good acid, but poor balance. Something was there that hinted at potential greatness. But overall that was a lie, for what was delivered was an awful deformation of SB's potential. A typical example of a New Zealand SB style, but a poor sauvignon blanc wine. One thing I will say for it, as a kind of left-handed compliment, is that I like it better than the 2008 Cloudy Bay SB. I guess I must like a wine that forces APPLES on my palate better than one that moans of not much else but shallow, short and flat, low-acid grapefruit. And as a breakfast fruit, grapefruit is one of my favorites...
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The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc has a vivacious, grassy nose, clean and crisp with zesty green lemon. The palate is medium-bodied, very well balanced with light apple and gooseberry flavors coming through. Again, just that hint of green lemon with nice pois... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Sauvignon Blanc wine from Marlborough in New Zealand. 2008 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 750ml